Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Ralph Bakshi and Rick Remender

Show Notes


Today on Word Balloon, legendary filmmaker Ralph Bakshi joins us to discuss his Kickstarter campaign for a new animated series called Last Days Of Coney Island. The series sees Bakshi return to familiar territory New York in the 1960’s. Bakshi promises scenes and stories about police corruption, gangs, prostitutes and the ennui of the decade as the country suffered urban decay and  the losses of leaders like John and Robert Kennedy.

Bakshi also drops news about making sequel scenes for some of his cult classic films after he completes The Last Days Project. He talks about making new sequel sequences for his films Wizards Coonskin, and Heavy Traffic. For years he’s talked about a new sequence for the 1977 film Wizards, involving the character Peace saving a train boxcar filled with elves being taken to their death, a la the real life WWII refugees taken by the Nazis to concentration camps. Says Bakshi, ” I love Peace…it’s an incredible action sequence …it’s a violent scene… so (expletive) if you want to see Wizards 2, get Last Days going (laughs).” and, “Number 3, I’d do Coonskin 2 ..and then Heavy Traffic and what I’m saying is I can continue to do more with these films, and release them on the net.” Bakshi would release the films on his website and a streaming Bakshi channel he’s developing.

Bakshi also updates us on the potential live action Robert Rodgriguez remake of his 1983 film Fire and Ice co-conceived by Frank Frazetta and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas. Says Bakshi “I spoke to him last week over emails … he wants to shoot it next summer…I get a nice fee if he shoots it. He came to me and wanted to do it. He wants to make it live action which is fine, cause I’d never re do it. I said make it like Sin City and Frazetta (style) he’s says he would …He’s says he’s shooting it next summer, he’s now shooting Sin City 2, so unless he feels the need to lie to me, that’s his intention (laughs).”

Bakshi also talks about his years at Terrytoon films which taught him the tricks to make animation at a cheaper cost. We also discuss his work on the classic  67 Spider-Man Animated series, and his longtime friendship with Frazetta.

Then we catch up with Rick Remender who’s taking bold direction in his 2 Marvel Now! books Captain America and Uncanny Avengers. We talk about the ideas in the comics that have polarizing reactions from fans but Rick is quick to say these are long story arcs that will reveal themselves over time. Rick also talks about the delightful success the Dark Horse Comics Fear Agent Omnibus is having , and announces some new creator owned projects for 2013.


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  1. BAKSHI?! He’s one of my favorite film makers! I watch American Pop every couple of months. Really excited to listen to this.

  2. Holy shit… Nice catch, John! Cannot wait to listen to this!

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